Israeli-born Denis Shapovalov rides streak into Wimbledon quarterfinals

Israeli-born Denis Shapovalov’s impressive run at Wimbledon saw him reach the quarterfinals after he dismissed Spain’s 2019 semifinalist and eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 on Monday.

The 22-year-old Canadian 10th seed — who beat Britain’s two-time champion Andy Murray in the previous round — will next face 25th seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia for a place in the last four.

A US Open quarterfinalist in 2020, Israel-born Shapovalov’s best showing at Wimbledon in three previous visits was reaching the second round in 2018.

Khachanov had a far tougher battle prevailing in five sets over American Sebastian Korda.

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov serves to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut during the men’s singles fourth round match on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Shapovalov won the Wimbledon junior title in 2016. He made his Grand Slam main-draw debut there the next year, losing in the first round, but has taken significant strides since.

Shapovalov’s parents were born in Russia and emigrated to Israel at the collapse of the Soviet Union, before moving to Canada. His mother, a former Russian national tennis team player, is Jewish, and his father is Russian Eastern Orthodox Christian.

Shapovalov plays for Canada and does not identify as Jewish.

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